Jonas Wood’s paintings of contemporary American life blur the boundaries of figuration and abstraction. Interior scenes dissemble into a myriad of shapes, colors, and geometric pattern; their quiet formal tension setting the tone for Wood’s suburban subject matter. Using the domestic as a departure point for escapism, the claustrophobic composition expands into the internal space of daydream, with the muddied TV screen and stylized furnishings set like stage props against a backdrop of hallucinogenic jungly wallpaper. Giving nod to historical precedent, the masks and tabular design evoke connotation to Picasso’s primitivism and surrealism.
LED lights hang down in a three-dimensional grid. As the lights flicker, they form the shapes of fleeting birds. I spotted this installation last year in the atrium of SFMoMA.